Mick Schumacher has finally been able to visit the Haas factory and complete his seat fitting ahead of the 2021 season.
The reigning Formula 2 champion will make his F1 debut this season as part of the Haas team in an all-new line-up for the American-owned outfit, where Schumacher will find himself alongside fellow F2 graduate Nikita Mazepin.
As the son of seven-time former World Champion Michael Schumacher, Mick will undoubtedly be one of the most talked about rookies in Formula 1 history, but until recently he was yet to physically begin work with Haas.
“Because of the Covid situation, I can’t do very much other than train,” he previously told Sky Sport.
“My preparation is going well on the physical side and I feel ready too. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to travel to England and the team yet, which would have happened many times in a normal year. But I hope there will be a chance to get there in the next few days.”
Thankfully though, that time has now arrived and Schumacher confirmed he has successfully completed his seat fitting at Haas.
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“I’m here at the factory, I thankfully got the chance to come here now. The seat fit is done,” he said in a social media video.
“I got to meet all the guys again, which was great after seeing them before Christmas last time. I’m happy to be here and finally getting close to getting back into the car, so I’m really looking forward to that.”
Schumacher and Mazepin are part of a new strategy to which Haas have switched of using drivers with financial backing and by combining this with a reduced budget, owner Gene Haas said the team go into the new season with financial stability.
“When we got in the middle of the global pandemic last year, Guenther [Steiner, team principal] and myself came to an agreement on ‘okay, how much money do we actually want to spend on this?’ I actually set a very lean budget,” he told RACER.
“And quite frankly we actually scored more points (relatively) with a smaller budget than we did with a bigger budget. I just feel like maybe it was eating too much and sometimes being leaner, you can produce more results.
“So we leaned everything down and came up with a figure I was comfortable with, and Guenther agreed he could work within that. We changed our focus a little bit, we do have some well-backed drivers and I think from a financial standpoint we are very stable.”